Purple line expansion. Image courtesy of Metro
Purple line expansion. Image courtesy of Metro

Metro Rail construction will cause closure of several lanes of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and portions of Crenshaw Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, Metro announced Tuesday.

Large holes will be dug on Wilshire Boulevard for eventual use as utility vaults, prompting forcing closure of all but one lane between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards over the next seven weekends.

The remaining lane will be westbound this weekend, but on some weekends will be eastbound, Metro officials said.

Traffic will be detoured via San Vicente and La Cienega boulevards.

In the Crenshaw District, underground stations are being built for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Contractors will begin installing steel beams underground, and relocating utilities, on Crenshaw Boulevard at Vernon Avenue this weekend, Metro officials said.

Both Crenshaw and Vernon will be closed to traffic for several blocks within their intersection starting at 9 a.m. Friday and ending at 6 a.m. Monday.

That closure will repeat the next two weekends, and there is also the possibility of two additional weekend closures in October, Metro officials said.

In three weeks, Crenshaw will be closed to all traffic for 21 days between Coliseum Street and Exposition Boulevard, Metro officials said.

Chemical grout and other hardeners will be pumped into the soil beneath the street so drilling machines will have stable soil when they start boring.

— City News Service 

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